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Lenses / Re: Affected with GAS, Gear Acquisition Syndrome
« on: February 22, 2014, 08:06:26 PM »
In the last couple months, I've bought a 500mm F:4 IS and a couple 1DS Mk IIIs, along with a 1D Mk III and 300mm f:4 (just for backup). In addition, I've acquired a PIXMA Pro-100 printer and a 9000F Mark II scanner. And, a 17mm TS-E is on order!

I, too, have a bad case of GAS!

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Lenses / Re: what lens's to bring to Hawaii?
« on: February 21, 2014, 12:27:17 AM »
My vote is for the 17-40 and 70-200. I know the latter is a brick to lug around all day, but I'm betting you'll find you'll use it as much as anything, especially when you want to capture details.
A good bit of what the 24-70 can do is covered by your wide angle and, given that you have a 5D3, what isn't can likely be cropped with little loss in quality.
Maybe it's the way I look at things, but I find the usefulness of a 50mm overrated. I thought I'd give the look another chance and bought one three months ago, only to sell it a few weeks later.
Almost everything the 85 does can be done with your 70-200, unless you're working in near total darkness and can't bump the ISO up another stop.
I'd also pass on taking the 100mm macro unless you plan on taking close-ups of near everything.

To give you some perspective, I was in Hawaii three years ago and took about 1800 shots. Most everything was taken with two zooms, one wide and one long. Less than 5% of the images fell between 40mm and 70mm, and I'm pretty sure I would have been just as happy with them had I not brought my 24-70 along.
One thing I would add would be your 1.4 x, a most useful addition to your 70-200 when you need a little extra reach. My 300 was carried most places I went and was used on all but two days out of ten. 

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Photography Technique / Re: Shoot from the rearend of the subjects.
« on: February 11, 2014, 11:36:31 AM »
Hmmm... aren't you guys getting a little behind in your work?  ;)

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Street & City / Re: Let's have a zen moment
« on: February 11, 2014, 10:37:19 AM »
 Click, surapon and weko... thanks for your kind words!

My work takes me on the water probably a hundred days a year, so I've seen similar images throughout my career.  In recent years I've found myself taking increasingly more photos like this, perhaps searching for my zen moments.

As for the blue lines in the water, they are the reflection of the relatively dark sky behind me. The pink, obviously, is from the sky color above the just-set sun.

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Street & City / Re: Let's have a zen moment
« on: February 10, 2014, 11:04:44 AM »
My moment to share, a favorite image from last summer. This was taken on a warm evening, as the last of the breeze was settling down.

Of course, this doesn't happen every day, only now and... zen.  ;)

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That's quite some kit, Surapon! My admiration that you carry so much gear around all day without a pack.

Also, nice to see you still pack your rocket blower! Hope you're not going to have to fly today!  ;)

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Lenses / Re: 100mm L not for portraits?
« on: January 29, 2014, 04:00:53 PM »
I think the photo would have look sharper had you focused on the closer of the two girls. It appears more natural if the subject in the background, rather than the one in front, appears a bit soft. (Due to haze and other aerial disturbance, our eyes are used to accepting things in the distance as being less distinct.)

That and stopping down to maybe f:5.6 or 8 should do the trick. You don't want to go so slow that the girls' movement spoils the shot.

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Canon General / Re: Why Scott Kelby Switched to Canon
« on: January 20, 2014, 08:43:07 PM »
I don't think Canon pays me nearly enough to extol on the virtues of the 1DX at high ISO! The  files I've shot at 6400 are unbelievably clean, and I'm amazed that what was shot at 25,600 is usable in real-world applications.

If I was a skeptic before, after I saw with my one eyes what the 1DX sensor can do, I'm not at all surprised that the top pros make the switch.

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Lenses / Re: 2x Extenders - Sticking Lock Switch
« on: January 14, 2014, 10:13:14 AM »
I've had this happen, too, on both my 1.4 and 2x extenders (both models II and III). Then again, I work on the ocean, where things like this are to be expected. So, every couple weeks I put a bit of anti-corrosive (in my case, Boeshield/T-9) on the lock as well as both mounting surfaces, giving special attention to the locking pin. I then wait a few minutes and wipe all but a thin film away. While the problem doesn't entirely disappear, it becomes much more manageable;  I have enough other surprises in my line of work. 

Of course, having heard the horror stories of friends' big white lenses dropping into the sea, I still double-check to see how well the lens locks in place!

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Software & Accessories / Re: My New and Improve GIOTTOS Blower-for safety.
« on: December 21, 2013, 01:15:51 PM »
Ha, Ha, Ha, Thankssss, Dear jhpeterson.
Sorry, No comment from me this time---Ha, Ha, Ha. I am already in the Black List now.
Surapon
I'm probably now on there, too. I'll find out when I fly again next week!

Meanwhile, here's another link on how being too intelligent can hurt you:   http://www.independent.co.uk/news/dont-enjoy-your-job-then-maybe-youre-too-smart-for-your-own-good-1122677.html

I found it interesting to see where the ideal candidates for each position fell. In several of the highly-skilled ones, the worker was clearly smarter than his boss. (But, we already knew that!  :) )

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Software & Accessories / Re: My New and Improve GIOTTOS Blower-for safety.
« on: December 21, 2013, 12:59:22 PM »
Seriously how do the airports find these people? Do they put out an ad in the newspaper like this -

"Airport security staff required, must be insensitive, miserable and generally disliked by the public. Must have vendetta against rocket blowers and other photographic equipment. Minimal communication skills needed. Intelligence preferred but not necessary. Previous experience in customer aggravation welcome. Apply within."
Actually, there are certain jobs where intelligence (or at least too much of it) can be a drawback. Although, I would question why an organization would want to hire the insensitive, the miserable and such!

A few years back there was an incident in Connecticut that got notice, where an applicant for police officer was passed over in favor of ones who scored lower on an intelligence test. He filed suit, went to court AND LOST!

Here's a link to some of the logic behind never hiring someone to smart for their job:   http://www.anxietyculture.com/ratmaze.htm


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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Any reason to choose a 7D over a 70D?
« on: December 21, 2013, 10:57:57 AM »
The 7D has the more rugged magnesium alloy body along with dust and weather sealing.  The 7D also has 100% view finder while the 70D is 98%.  The 7D has a larger body and grip that I prefer over the smaller 70D.  Video is better on the 70D so if video is a factor it would be a good choice. 
That pretty much sums up my reasoning. As ruggedness and sealing are top priorities for me, I may weigh factors differently, but unless she plans on doing lots of video work, the 7D seems the better call.
One more thing, the 7D uses the CF card, while the 70D takes the SD. If she take hundreds of photos at one time, the much quicker download speeds of the former might be another important consideration.

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CPS is aimed for Professionals, and i'm sure if they were to find out that you were not a professional, you could lose your status.  Being both a professional and a CPS member, i find threads like these kind of sad, but, for those who take advantage and bend the rules for your own gain, karma always comes back around...

What is sad are posts like these as they appear to be judgmental and pompous. What, may I ask are the criteria for being a "professional?" Where is the line drawn? Primary source of income? Your main job? How many gigs you've done? How often someone has paid for an image of yours? The level of ambiguity to this determination is huge to an extent to which I don't believe you have given any thought.

I don't quite understand how anyone is taking advantage or bending the rules. I'm quite certain that if Canon/CPS was overly concerned about making their memberships exclusive only to high level pros, they would do so. I tend to believe based on the way things are set up that they are really only concerned about whether you have spent enough money on their stuff.

I have a career which pays me very well which allows me to have the luxury of owning a lot of gear without having to do photography as a job. I do paid gigs for fun here and there and have plenty of gear which doesn't all necessarily get used on those jobs. Does that make me not a professional? Am I not qualified to get my equipment worked on?

Canon sells products and provides a way for you to get them serviced which also costs money. Who is anyone to tell another photog they shouldn't be allowed to have membership if they are willing to pay the money for both?

I'm pretty sure there is a higher likelihood of running into some bad karma when you are being wrongfully judgmental of others and/or being full of yourself.
John, I don't mean to be pompous or judgemental, but I quite disagree.
I don't have a "day job" to fall back on, so I think it's only fair that Canon looks after those who depend on their equipment for a livelihood.
Being a self-employed editorial photographer is fraught with enough challenges without the worry that your camera manufacturer doesn't have your back. In this day where publications expect content for free, let's just say there are many other careers that, in comparison, pay very well. Too many times I've covered events where the hobbyists have equipment that's better and newer than mine. Most likely theirs has seen far less wear, as they don't have to come up with usable images day after day. If they miss a shot because their gear fails, yes, it's a real disappointment.  If I miss mine, I've probably lost a payday, perhaps a hard-won client, as well as being out of work until it's fixed.

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Software & Accessories / Re: My New and Improve GIOTTOS Blower-for sefety
« on: December 17, 2013, 11:54:09 AM »
Still, you think they would have the brains to ask you to remove the nozzle and look inside, realize it is rubber, and tell you to have a nice day. 
Unfortunately, in many lines of work, having brains is detrimental to remaining employed.
Much like the aforementioned blower, management is likely to consider such a person dangerous. ("They think too much, they could embarrass me, perhaps even put me out of a job.")
It's actually pretty standard employment policy at many if not most mid-sized and large companies, and almost a certainty at government agencies, not to hire a person that's too intelligent for the task. The reason is that they are seen as ones who will spend most of their time figuring out ways to do their job better, faster, more efficiently or, heaven forbid, maybe even give improved customer service, instead of doing only what they were asked.   
I'd like to think that's the reason I never got called back after job interviews and why I became a photographer!  8)
 

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Software & Accessories / Re: My New and Improve GIOTTOS Blower-for sefety
« on: December 12, 2013, 12:42:24 AM »
Congrats to that TSA agent  ::)

 ;D


Ha, Ha, Ha---No comment from me, Dear my friend Click---Ha, Ha, Ha----Unbelieved story that happens to me.
Surapon
Your story about the air blower that flies is really unbelievable! Then again, considering the source, maybe not!
I guess for certain folks, if brains were gunpowder, they probably couldn't blow their nose!

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